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A million dollars in debt: Meet The Parents star Teri Polo files for hasn't taken off, the actress has had plenty of TV work including a recurring. Meet the Parents—the first film in a comedy trilogy that made more than life as a comedic actor, and solidified Ben Stiller as a leading man. Nicole DeHuff, who appeared in Meet the Parents, died last month of causes related to She also appeared in the TV movie See Arnold Run.
The flashback ideas were very powerful to us.
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You're going to see India and Taiwan in The breadth of that, the scope, was something that really, really excited us. Fatima and Shoukath Ansari, the Indian couple who play Dev's parents and are, in fact, Aziz's real-life mom and dad.
Casting the roles was a bit of an ordeal. Ansari and Yang quickly landed on Clem Cheung to play Brian's father, Peter Brian's parents — like Yang's — are divorced; his mom doesn't appear in this episode, but she might show up in a subsequent season.
However, they were having no luck casting Dev's parents, called Nisha and Ramesh in the show. That's when Ansari thought that maybe his father could handle the role of the dad.
After all, it suited him perfectly. My dad is pretty funny. We auditioned a lot of actors, and a lot of them were good, but none of them really felt right. I gave him the stuff, he memorized it at home, practiced with my mom. I remember the first time we rehearsed it together — as soon as he started, I was laughing.
I immediately texted Alan and said, 'Dude, we're fine. He steals every scene he's in over his three episodes, and is responsible for some of the biggest laughs in "Parents.
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Or, when he expresses his love of Iron Man movies. Fatima Ansari resisted her son's entreaties for a while, but ultimately agreed to be a part of the show once she saw her husband rehearsing. She said, 'I know I can do it — I just don't want to do it. When Dev asks her if she was excited when she first came to America, she very matter-of-factly tells him that she sat on the couch and cried.
Does the dinner sequence, which is filled with such instances, serve as something of a microcosm for the entire season? Jim Herzfeld was one of the two credited screenwriters for Meet the Parents, along with John Hamburg. Herzfeld said he always thought of Greg as someone who was misunderstood, like The Graduate's Benjamin Braddock.
For a scene in which Stiller interacts with a pharmacy cashier played by Judah Friedlanderthe production not only used a real pharmacy—but an open one. Whenever the actors would finish a take, the actual cashiers would get back to work and deal with the customers.
When the cameras started to roll again, the cashiers would stand off in a corner so that they wouldn't be seen by the cameras.
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But that scene was a lot of fun, because it was mostly improvised, and that's my favorite thing to do, is making stuff up on the spot. The MPAA refused to allow the use of the last name "Focker" unless the filmmakers could find someone with that actual surname.
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The studio was skeptical of Roach's ability to direct a "less-cartoony, character-driven script" compared to a comedy like Austin Powers. The drafts of the script were written by Herzfeld and, once De Niro and Stiller were confirmed as stars, John Hamburg was brought on board "to help fit the script to their verbal styles.
The script was not written with De Niro in mind as Jack Byrnes; the first draft of the script was completed inthree years before De Niro appeared in Analyze This. Explaining how Ben Stiller came to be cast in the role of Greg, Roach states: The film's script was initially written with Jim Carrey in the role of Greg and contained much more physical comedy, something that Stiller did not think would be successful with himself playing the role.
She ultimately lost the role to Teri Polo because the filmmakers "didn't think [Watts] was sexy enough". Jinx the cat was played by two five-year-old Himalayan cats named Bailey and Misha sometimes written as Meesha .
The American Humane Association oversaw the filming of all scenes where the cats were used and ensured the animals' obedience and well-being by keeping two trainers and a veterinarian on set at all times. The name was written into the script after Jim Carrey came up with the idea for the Focker surname during a creative session held before he abandoned the project. The filmmakers were asked if they had made up the name or if they can prove that such a name exists.